Most of us move daily. We climb stairs, we shop, we clean, we play with our kids, we walk around the neighborhood; the list goes on. And all of that movement counts towards our daily activity goal.
The general weekly exercise recommendation for adults is 150 minutes per week. That is roughly 20 minutes per day. Well, imagine this: If you walk your kids home from school instead of taking the car, you climb the stairs every time instead of taking the elevator or you go for a walk every night after dinner, you will reach that goal easily.
One of the ways that I get in my weekly activity, in a way that I enjoy, is by walking my dog. Not only does it count towards my daily activity goal, but I also get out into nature, my dog gets to go for a walk, and walking does wonders for my blood sugar.
Every type of movement is good! It doesn’t have to be walking, it can be dancing, swimming, rope jumping, biking, basketball, tennis, whatever you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing; find what makes you happy and what makes you want to move.
If 20 minutes of movement seems daunting right now, break it up into smaller chunks. Even during days where I’m silly busy, I can always find 5 to 10 minutes here and there to move a little. Even just walking around the house for 2 minutes twice per day while brushing my teeth helps a little!